Ageless is not the first word that comes to mind thinking of Daniel Radcliffe. Perhaps I should have used “multi-aged”, which sounds even odder to you, no doubt. What I mean is that Daniel Radcliffe has a miraculous propensity to take on characters of varying age groups, while looking precisely the same everytime. I’ve recently chanced upon a film review of The Woman in Black, a 2012 film that used to be a play. Daniel Radcliffe was the male lead in both the film and the play, and his character was a lawyer whose wife died giving birth to their son, who is now a kid. Now think back to the last time you saw him with a wife and son. That would likely be at the ending scene of Harry Potter, when he had a pretentious moustache and Ginny had tied up her hair. Did that look convincing to you? Now you get what I mean…
I haven’t watched the movie, myself, but I’m the sort of person who revels in spoilers. I often check Wikipedia plot revelations before watching a show, just so that I wouldn’t be stuck at the midway point wondering if the storyline ever gets better. The entry for the Woman in Black on Wikipedia has kindly provided a synopsis just for people like me (because who else would read a synopsis?) but I must say I feel no more illuminated after it. What I can discern is that it is a horror movie, about a woman dressed in black who appears and goads children toward suicide.
Oh, I believe the story was set in the Edwardian era. That’s right, not only is Daniel Radcliffe a widower Dad, he wears blusher too.
Apparently this movie’s really good, though, and the sequel is being shot at this moment. It was rather effectively scary even in the stage version.
Whatever comments one can heap on Radcliffe, one cannot call him unambitious. This guy is determined to break out of the Harry Potter mould, first acting in the popular Equus (popular for what reason precisely, though?) and then in this play. Digging up his past history, he was also seen in a TV show named David Copperfield back in 1999, playing the young David Copperfield. Oh gosh, that must have been so cute. He also did some voicing in The Simpsons and Robot Chicken, and starred in a music video named “Beginners” by Slow Club, in 2012. That’s good publicity for an artiste I don’t know at all.
Apparently he consulted a psychologist, too, to understand his character better in the Woman in Black. He must have been really serious about it. Would it be easy to shake off the Harry Potter memory watching him, though? I mean, I can already hear his voice in my head, with the unmistakeable youth. He’s really only 24 years old after all; what were they thinking asking him to marry and have a son? Don’t they have any 30-odd-year-old actors in the industry?
In any case, the movie review and Potter commentary are worth a read at http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/mar/30/film-recap-woman-in-black-daniel-radcliffe